Chapel Talks - Written

Misc. Talks

  • Ups and Downs in Sports, Especially this Season

  • Maybe This is Your Last Game

313676_10150358817214591_2123050509_n Chapel Talk given 3/1/13 on the way to Pfieffer University, Queens MBB

This season we have had some ups and downs, right?

What are the Downs, disappointments, we have experienced this season?

  • First 2 losses – Wingate by 13, then Lenoir Rhyne by 3
  • Ending 2012 losing by 35 to Carson Newman and the long ride home
  • Finding out that BA was academically ineligible for 18 regular season game and however many post season we play
  • Losing to Barton and Limestone twice each
  • Coach Wes’s cowboy boots

What have been out Ups, those things we are so happy about?

  • Brandon’s attitude and coming off suspension
  • Watching some of the great practices
  • Seeing Pooh play at such a high level consistently
  • Brandon hit 30 points
  • Cleon’s and Sam’s blocks at the rim
  • Nate’s shut down defense on some high scorers
  • Playing back Carson Newman and King the second times we played them with long trip home as losers.
  • Winning homecoming in front a great fans by one point over Erskine 60-59
  • Jakay’s key O board and put back against Coker at the end of the game
  • Seeing Joby, Cleon, Jakay and most recently Ben blossom
  • After tonight winning 4 of the last 5 getting ready for the conference tournament


One thing constant about any sport is that there will be ups and downs – and it matters how you respond to them. In a game if you have a down on offense and pout you will fail on 2 or 3 possessions as you disengage. In a season, teams have been known to tank a few games or the rest of the games after a very disappointing loss.

That is called performance based thinking. I am as good as my last performance. I am accepted based on what I do well – rejected when I do poorly. We will shame ourselves and believe what other people say when they try to shame us. Or we will interpret coaching as shaming and not listen.

This type of thinking will translate into every area of life
Submited by Ken Cross

submitted by Ken Cross

74545_10151333726482180_1735789308_nMaybe This is Your Last Game – hope not, but if it is …

Chapel Talk given 3/4/13 at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille before the Quarterfinal game at Belmont Abbey, Queens MBB

Seniors, have you thought of it? It might be your last game today. If fact, for each one in the room this might be the last game. We all anticipate a win. For the underclassmen, coaches, chaplain and manager we anticipate there will another game and another season – right? But there is no guarantee.

Jeff Bush, 37, was in his bedroom last Thursday night in Seffner, FL when the earth opened and took him and everything else in his room. Five other people were in the house but managed to escape unharmed.

Coaches, managers, chaplains, could get fired, or have a car accident. That could happen to you, underclassmen, or you could have a career ending injury practicing in the off-season.

We think we know the future and that we are indestructible, but we are not!

I was watching Monday night football in 1985 and saw Joe Theisman get hit by Lawrence Taylor and Harry Carson. Super Bowl winner and Pro-bowler suffered a multi-fragmentary compound fracture in his leg that forced him to retire at the age of 36. His career was over.

Eric LeGrand, former Rutgers DT sustained a spinal cord injury vs Navy Oct. 2010. He was wheeled off the field and since then has been paralyzed from the neck down.

A superstar at the University of Maryland, Len Bias was selected second in the 1986 NBA draft by the Celtics. But 48 hours later Bias was dead, a victim of cardiac arrhythmia resulting from a cocaine overdose. Bias was just 22 when he died in his dorm room.

There are no guarantees with sports!

Hopefully, with most of you, you will not sustain an injury or death. For most of you, your playing options will simply run out and you will have to do something else. How will you respond?

I pray that you have applied yourself to the education given you at Queens. But even with a fine $160K education – there are still no guarantees. 53.6% of college graduates are either underemployed or unemployed.1

All that tells me two things:

1.      Enjoy today; give it all you’ve got. You are not promised tomorrow.

2.      Prepare for tomorrow. Invest in something that will last! THERE ARE GUARANTEES WITH GOD!

Mark 8:34-37 “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

There are many ways to hell. Whichever way you choose is a matter for which you alone are responsible. But there is only one way to life eternal. Faith in Jesus Christ is that Way.

Submtted by Ken Cross



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